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12 of the Strangest Weather-Related Photographs Ever Taken

AUGUST 13, 2013  

Sometimes, nature is so awesome you can barely believe what you see. These are some of the most insane photographs ever taken because of weather-related phenomena. They range from cool to violent; one thing is certain, though. Weather and Mother Nature should be respected... and photographed.

1.) On the night of July 25, 1936, the town of Lincoln, Nebraska experienced the hottest night experienced in the United States (outside of the southwest). The temperature never dropped below 91°F in Lincoln. Without air-conditioning, people spent the night sleeping on the lawn of the state capital building in Lincoln.

2.) Two seconds after this photo was taken, the brothers ssen posing on top of Moro Rock in Sequoia National Park, California were hit by a powerful bolt of lightning. A hiker just outside the frame was killed and Sean (on the left) eventually also died from complications associated with his injuries. Michael McQuilken (on the right) survived.

3.) Audra Thomas posed as an F1 tornado swirls a mile away towards her family farm; the devastating tornado later destroyed buildings on her property near Beaver City, Nebraska. However, Audra didn't even bat an eyelash.

4.) Four separate waterspouts formed and churned simultaneously in the Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus; an awesome sight to behold.

5.) When storms are violent enough, hail can pile up and form "hail cliffs." Here hail cliffs 15 feet high were formed in a wash near Clayton, New Mexico. The hail was swept into the creek by heavy rain and backed up behind a clogged culvert.

6.) Northeastern Siberia, known as the "pole of cold" is one of the coldest known inhabited places on earth. During the Soviet era children underwent ultraviolet treatment to make up for the lack of sunlight during the Siberian winters.

7.) This cold cemetary scene photograph was taken in northwest Arkansas following a devastating ice storm on January 27-28, 2009. The ice accumulated up to 1-2” thick on most surfaces, causing an eerie effect.

8.) Snow rollers are a unique occurance that happen with JUST the right conditions. Fresh snow needs to fall, followed by high winds. Thanks to the wind, the snow rolls up on itself forming these unique structures.

9.) The Great Blizzard of January 1977 in the Buffalo, New York region was one to remember. The blizzard was so intense that wind gusts up to hurricane speed smashed windows in homes allowing the up to 70” of snow accumulations and drifts 20 to 30 feet deep to penetrate into the living spaces of unfortunate victims of the storm.

10.) Twin lenticular clouds formed over peaks in the Omataco Mountains near Otjiwarongo, Namibia in Africa. Although lenticular clouds have been seen before, it's strange to see them form at the same time, side-by-side.

11.) Sometimes, cloud and storm formations can leave you in terrible awe. This photo is of a super cell that formed over southern Nebraska in June 2011. It looks like a tsunami forming in the sky.

12.) Sometimes, birds at sea get trapped in the eye of a hurricane or typhoon. They seek shelter anywhere they can and sometimes land on the decks of passing ships. This is what happened in the case above when, in August 1926, the S.S. West Quechee sailed through a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.

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